Poster Session for University Students


The following recommendations are optional.

  • It would be best to use A0 (84x119cm) or A1 (59x84cm) formatting when creating your poster.
  • It is recommended to make your poster in PowerPoint (landscape or portrait) and then save it as a PDF.
  • You should include:
    • Title (with names of authors and affiliations)
    • Introduction/Problem/Goal
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion
    • References (recommended in APA or MLA style)
    • Acknowledgments
    • Contact information (you may include QR code)
  • Use both UPPER and lower case letters for general content, as the all-capital text is difficult to read. Do not use more than 2-3 fonts and 3-4 text sizes, for example:
    • Title – 100 pt bold sans serif or Garamond font
    • Section Heading – 40-48 pt bold sans serif or Arial font
    • Body Text – 26-32 pt serif or Arial font
    • Captions – 22-24 pt serif or Arial font
  • Make sure there is enough contrast between the color of the text and the poster’s background. Choose a simple color scheme with only two or three related colors. Change colors on graphs and figures in a way that complements the background color. Light background and black letters are the best combinations and the easiest to read.
  • Make sure ideas flow logically from one section to the next. 
  • Use charts and graphs to illustrate data (avoid raw data and large tables or if you must include it, keep it simple). Each illustration should be able to stand alone (everything that is depicted in images or graphs must be named).